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How do I rewrite “The doctor has just finished his shift” using “yet”?

Rewrite the following sentence using the word in brackets to give the same meaning. The doctor has just finished his shift. (yet) I learned that yet usually comes with negative, like "The ...
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structure and meaning of sentence

Are the two points right about the structure and meaning following sentence: "Many new areas of inquiry gaining momentum in twenty-first-century psychology span traditional subfields and ...
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Which is better: “Interaction of x with y” or “Interaction between x and y”

Which one is better to use: Interaction of x with y or Interaction between x and y? Or are they equally correct? In that case, is there a difference between them, or are they basically ...
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When something finishes in future I will let you know (inform you)

I'm not sure how to structure my sentence in a correct manner. What I want to express is that I've started something, and will let someone know once it (has?) finish. Here is an example: I will be ...
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Phrase usage: Dipping ones toe (into sth.)

You start to grow by first dipping your toe. Can this sentence be used as a motivational quote? If dipping your toe into sth. means testing it out, carefully approaching it and growth is considered ...
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Write a paragraph [closed]

Write a paragraph about some of the problems in your city. Please see Pg 59 and the example we studied in class today. Your paragraph must have a topie sentence and a concluding sentence. Write a ...
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How to use “from … to …” in a sentence?

In the following sentence I have used "from ... to ..." to describe a range of things: Plants have contributed to the development of many drugs from common pain relievers like aspirin to ...
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When question,answer contents are poor, and question , answer do not meet quality standards [migrated]

Many questions of mine posted to English language and usage sites and to English language learners sites are considered as low-quality posts and incomprehensible. My question is, Are questions posted ...
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“I saw him be upset/to be upset/ being upset”

I'll use seeing and upset to create an example that might help me: Out of these, which is correct, or which are best? Do some work in some circumstances and not others? I saw him upset. I saw him to ...
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Which words belong to “that” in this context?

Chapter 5 describes this historical process in which the referendum became an institutional constraint that induced cooperation among all major political parties and led to negotiated legislation and ...
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Correct use of Lay or Laid in english sentence

Which of the below sentences in the past tense is correct ? The sentence a is from a song that I've heard. a) last night I lay in bed so blue. b) last night I laid in bed so blue
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Difference between its and it's [closed]

Consider the following line - This could be important criteria in determining its implementation Is this a correct sentence grammatically? I saw that both its and it's are proper words in English. ...
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then I only want you to do is to follow the road

Driving test Examiner: During the test I'd like you to observe and obey all the rules of the road; all the traffic signs, the signals.Signal each of your intensions even if there's no traffic. Woman: ...
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“I want to (be) more productive.”

I want to more productive. I want to be more productive. Which sentence is correct by English standards. I am writing my appraisal form.
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Is it OK to say “And I begin” for current action?

Some person is about to begin some process. Can he say "And I begin" when he's ready to start?, like "And I'm starting it" or "And here we go".
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Is “Children are easy to influence” correct sentence?

I made the following sentences. I think it’s best to say “Children are easily influenced”. But I am not sure if I should use the active or passive voice in this construction. Children are easy to ...
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“My meeting has been extended to, after 3 o'clock.” Is this a proper way of saying?

So if I need to tell that my current meeting has been extended, and won't be able to make it to a meeting scheduled at 3 o'clock. Which one is proper way of saying in a corporate setting? I am not ...
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Phrase to express something has had a great impact despite a negligible popularity?

Can you please suggest me an alternative phrase to the highlighted one that would express "when you take in account the very insignificant popular knowledge it receives"? The Effective ...
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Which is better Tasks or Task's? [closed]

Which is better in using the apostrophe in a sentence? "Tasks Love" or "Task's Love" when trying to imply providing strong affection to all tasks being completed?
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learned how to drive (a car)

A: You should learn to control your son. B: Oh yeah? And you should have learned how to drive ((a) car). Then you wouldn't be a bitter man clinging to a walker. It certainly doesn't have many hits on ...
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How to express that the sausages are made with good quality meat with a shorter sentence?

How to express that the sausages are made with good quality meat in the shortest way? Can I say: The sausages are good quality. The sausages are of good quality. These are good quality sausages.
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My family has 4 members. vs There are 4 members in my family

Is it good to say: My family has/consist of 4 members/people. Or much better to say: There are 4 people/members in my family. Maybe the first version is more official and the second one is ...
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What is the correct word order for a question starting from 'is' and containing an infinitive?

Some context. In a e-mail conversation, I am trying to understand what I should do next. The question I am trying to ask is: Is the next step to submit a tech support ticket? And I am tempted to add ...
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Continuation about using emphasis for different part of sentence [closed]

Though I was wondering a lot for emphasizing different part of speech/sentence, I am still not sure about my understanding. Therefore , could you correct me if I made any mistake. The basic sentence : ...
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None of them “has” or “have” [duplicate]

Is "none" singular or plural? I understand it to mean no one which is obviously singular. But I have seen sentences like: None of them have seen it which equals: No one of them have seen ...
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Which is correct upfront or upfrontly

I want to express to another person how much he is willing to pay for a task and he can openly tell me. Upfront seems a good word for this. Which of the two sentences is correct: You can let me know ...
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Not but construction

Can I say 'someone is lying not on but off the couch.' Grammatically not + preposition + but + preposition + object is possible?
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The babysitter read we/us a story about mermaids

Is the answer we or us? The babysitter read we a story about mermaids. or The babysitter read us a story about mermaids.
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I'm really confused between THAN OTHERWISE and THE OTHER WAY AROUND

my sentence is If you learn English while working, it would definitely take a lot of your time to complete the task than the other way around. Or should I say If you learn English while working, it ...
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Where is the main verb in “the training necessary to enable them to carry out their duties”?

the training necessary to enable them to carry out their duties If the sentence is correct than where is main verb or auxiliary verb? Here is the link of the sentence : https://www....
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Is the use of “am” in this sentence correct?

Can I use am as written in this sentence below? I am certain that I can make a positive contribution to the Medical Enterprise Center at the Downers Hospital, given my diverse background, and am sure ...
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“I haven't seen him for five years” and “I hadn't seen him for five years” difference

Can anyone explain me, please, what is the difference between this two sentences: "I haven't seen him for five years" and "I hadn't seen him for five years"? In English, we use ...
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The phrase: I got told off

Today I've come across a phrase and now I'm at a loss and confused a little bit. It was: I don't cook sushi because I got told off I was trying once. It sounds very "English" and for a non-...
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Independent from others?

In a semi-direct consensus democracy, on the other hand, party competition is low because elections cannot lead to a change of roles between government and opposition. The system places its trust in ...
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Can I omit a noun in this case? [closed]

This house will be grey ash. Instead of this, can I just say This house will be grey
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The position of “I find” in a sentence

I remember seeing uses of the term such as: The passages mentioning the green light are, I find, particularly interesting. The passages mentioning the green light are particularly interesting, I find....
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Is using “or” instead of “and” in this sentence a mistake?

Game theory shows that in a single game, self-interested actors defect from cooperation when it offers them an extra profit. This risk is considerably reduced if the same actors play many games. In ...
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Has subordinating clause been used at the end of sentence as a closer? Has compound-complex structure been used in this sentence?

At least that is what Senator Josh Hawley was telling us when he offered a clenched-fist salute to the pro-Trump mob before it ransacked the Capitol, and it is the same message he delivered on the ...
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Clause and phrases analysis

It shames us as a nation that a freedom fighter has to scrape a living singing in the streets. What type of clause is "that a freedom fighter has to scrape a living singing in the streets" ...
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What does the sentence mean: How does he smell?

How does he smell? Does that mean how the he will smell other things or how himself smells? For example: If there is a dog who doesn't have a nose and a person asks the owner the above question.
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“1 of 1 son or 3 daughters is tall”

Should I say, for example, '1 of 1 son or 3 daughters is tall' to say I have 4 children and a son is tall ('of' doesn't indicate a part of a whole but amount)
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Does writing “And as he does” make the intended meaning clear?

Pete walks down a hallway, armed with a baseball bat. He looks into an office. And as he does, Jack appears from a door at the end of the hallway and slips around a corner. My intention is that Pete ...
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millenniums ago

Can we say (is it correct in terms of grammar and language as a whole) ? There were a lot of (something) millenniums (millennia) ago If we want to emphasise the prolonged aspect of something. Please,...
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What’s the meaning of the verb ”does” in this sentence?

I came across the following sentence ”My family does think I’m a little bit addicted to fast food.” What’s the meaning of the verb ”does” in that sentence? Does it have the same meaning as the ...
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smiles as if it is/was/were a compliment

Ian grabs Lili as she tries to leave. Lili: Let go of me, you sociopath. Ian: You think I'm a sociopath? Ian smiles as if it is/were a compliment. It should be 'were', right? Even though the sentence ...
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Conjunction error question

I was taking a test a few while ago when I encountered a question regarding conjunctions. What should be the correct sentence here? "Though all players do not play hard, but when captain is ...
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Are these sentences grammatical?

In a script I'm writing I have a scene where two men enter a floor in a building to search it. Then there are a few other scenes before I return to the two men, who have now just searched the whole ...
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Is it natural to use “motherless” in the context?

If you don't shut up now Timmy will be motherless in a second/moment. If you don't shut up now Timmy is going to be motherless in a second/moment. If you don't shut up now Timmy will very soon be ...
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How do I ask someone about his sleep

I find it difficult to ask my friend about his night rest whenever we chat

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